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Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Bowl

Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active time 20 mins
Total time 3 hrs, 20 mins
Yield

Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 1/2 chicken thighs, 1/2 cup rice, 1/2 cup coleslaw mixture, and 3 tbsp. sauce)

Bone-in chicken thighs are pan-seared before being basted with sticky-sweet sauce and slow cooked to fork-tender perfection. Sear the chicken thighs in batches to avoid over-crowding the pan and hindering browning. Though we swoon over the superiorly moist meat, the real magic lies within the sauce, which masters the balance of savory and sweet. For a burst of freshness, we add a simple cabbage slaw that rounds out the meal with a satisfying crunch. For an extra dose of veggies, pair it with sugar snap or snow peas. Our recipe requires little legwork and saves 300 calories and 250mg of sodium over the classic.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds bone-in chicken thighs, skinned
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/4 cup unsalted ketchup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar, divided
  • 2 (8.8-oz.) pouches precooked whole-grain brown rice (such as Uncle Ben's Ready Rice)
  • 3 cups packaged cabbage-and-carrot coleslaw
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced radishes
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 479
  • fat 14.3 g
  • satfat 2.6 g
  • monofat 6.5 g
  • polyfat 4.1 g
  • protein 41 g
  • carbohydrate 47 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 178 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 636 mg
  • calcium 38 mg
  • sugars 16 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 14 g

How to Make It

  1. Place chicken thighs in a large ziplock plastic freezer bag; sprinkle with cornstarch, and seal. Shake bag until chicken is evenly coated. Remove chicken; shake off excess cornstarch.

  2. Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add chicken, and cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Place in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.

  3. Thinly slice green parts of green onions; set aside. Finely chop white parts of green onions; stir together with ketchup, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, salt, and 1/2 cup vinegar in a medium bowl. Pour sauce over chicken in slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours, or on LOW for 7 hours and 30 minutes, until chicken is tender and cooked through. Remove chicken from slow cooker; cool slightly. Carefully remove bones from each thigh; discard bones.

  4. Heat rice according to package directions. Stir together coleslaw, radishes, sesame oil, and remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar.

  5. Divide cooked rice evenly among 6 bowls. Top evenly with coleslaw mixture and chicken. Drizzle with sauce from slow cooker; sprinkle with green onion slices.